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ToonsTV 


ToonsTV
Developer: Rovio Entertainment
iTunes
Google Play
Free


ToonsTV, Rovio’s in-game mobile video channel with more than 5.6 billion views, launched as an Android / iOS app in October 2015 with more than 30 channels of free, on-demand, video entertainment for the whole family.

Since its debut, ToonsTV has earned over 3 million downloads and averages 21 million views every month, earning it the #1 spot on Google Play’s list of Music & Video Apps for families.

Angry Birds Toons, Rovio’s original scripted animated series, is the crown jewel of the app which also includes Piggy Tales, Stella, and syndicated shows like Wallace and Gromit & Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animation, Om Nom Stories, Qumi-Qumi and National Geographic’s Zooville.  Those who have the app can view new episodes of Angry Birds Toons, Stella and Piggy Tales two days before anyone else.

This app also offers video advertising, which Rovio says achieves high completion rates, offering marketers the opportunity to showcase branded video, clips and exclusives within the app as featured content on the home screen, or as a branded channel.

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Be A Go-Getter...Sleep More! 


Good Mornings
Developer: Apalon
iTunes
Website
$1.99

There have been many discussions lately, most notably through HuffPo’s Sleep + Wellness site, about sleep quality and its link to safety and productivity.  Good Mornings'  mission is to give its users the tools to find their personal, optimal sleep patterns and the best way to wake up and greet the day.

The secret to waking up rested and feeling more energetic and alert is to wake up during a period of lightest sleep.  Good Mornings’ smart alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns to find the optimal time to wake you. It creates a 30-minute window before your pre-set wake up time to find you in your lightest sleep phase and activates the alarm at that time. The alarm can be a pleasant tune or your favorite music.

The app detects your sleep phases by using the iPhone’s accelerometer to monitor your movements. Beyond merely waking you up, it sends you a nightly record of your sleep phases with advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep.  The app will also alert you when you suffer from “Sleep Debt”.  

Your personal sleep history and patterns soon become clear, allowing you to be more proactive in improving the way your body naturally recharges itself.

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FEATURED APP 


Lufthansa Apple Watch App

Developer: SapientNitro in Germany

iTunes

Website

Free

The goal for the Lufthansa’s Apple Watch app is to create a best practice for the airline industry. Not just a simple boarding pass (which they invented), but an app that becomes the industry standard.

Lufthansa sought to put all aspects of one’s travel within reach to give passengers a stress-free experience through all stages of their journey.  They identified the Apple watch as a seamless, hands-free way to communicate with the flight monitor to provide highly contextual, real time data.

SapientNitro Germany worked with Lufthansa to create this Apple Watch app, making the viewing of all aspects of one’s flight as easy as glancing at your wrist.

The Lufthansa Apple Watch app assists the passenger throughout the different stages of their journey. Whether before traveling, at the airport, in-flight or at the destination, the app always displays up-to-date information based on the current state of the flight.

The app reminds passengers of all aspects of their flight the day prior to their departure and provides continuous updates.  Its countdown feature enables passengers to manage their time to make their flight.

The app was featured in Apple Watch’s launch in Germany.

Since it’s launch in March 2015 the Lufthansa Apple Watch app has been downloaded more than 1,900,000 times.

 

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Shipping 2.0 


Zaldee

Developer: Zaldee, Inc.

iTunes   

Google Play

Website

Free

The sharing economy has disrupted many a traditional business model. Zaldee® is the sharing economy’s attempt to break into the multi-billion dollar shipping/courier businesses.

Zaldee® is a ship-on-demand app that matches one’s need to send a package with a traveler’s final destination. As a traveler, you get to monetize this extra baggage. As someone who urgently needs to send a package, sending your package via a traveler can be significantly cheaper than going through shipping companies. Beyond the price differentials, Zaldee can also give you a shipping option when your needs do not correspond with a shipping company’s hours of operation.

As is typical with a sharing economy business model, the onus of vetting is upon those involved in the transaction.  Given today’s focus on security, there is some serious vetting that has to be done when accepting to deliver a package. Zaldee has anticipated this and has many features and mandates that help both sides of the transaction feel secure.

Both traveler and sender have to fill out a personal profile: name, photo, phone, email, and social media accounts. As with Airbnb, both traveler and sender will amass rankings and reviews.  Another layer of safety is the need for the sender and traveler to meet in a public place and that the item being carried cannot be wrapped, allowing the traveler to know what he/she will be carrying.

The process: travelers and senders are connected based upon proximity, delivery timetable, specific info on the package’s recipient, the traveler’s itinerary and user reviews/rankings. The package, inspected and approved by the traveler is delivered to the recipient. The traveler gets paid.

Communication throughout the transaction is facilitated by the app’s chat feature.  While Zaldee provides suggested shipping prices, it is left to the traveler/ sender to set and agree on a price and when payment will be made. These are currently cash-only transactions, or PayPal if both sides have accounts.

To date, there have been 100,000+ downloads of Zaldee, and a 4.5 user rating on iTunes.

 

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Healthcare Always Within Reach 


AskMD
Developer: The Sharecare Team
iTunes
Google Play
FREE

The award-winning AskMD app is more than just a symptom checker.  AskMD provides you with information that’s actually relevant to you by guiding you through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all your symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matching your answers against the latest clinical research.  You can discover what's possibly causing your symptoms, enabling you to have a better doctor's visit.

AskMD’s newest version is optimized for iOS9, with immediate access to AskMD consultations when you enter a symptom in Search.  

Other features include the ability to identify emergency situations and get directions to the closest ER, cataloging health information one might need on a daily basis, contact details for all doctors and specialists, finding a physician or specialist qualified to treat symptoms or condition by area map or list, filtered by insurance, specialty and distance. You can also organize multiple health profiles in the app for family/friends.  These  and other features organize information about symptoms quickly and easily, including a summary of results and relevant details, which can be easily accessed, printed or shared privately from the app.

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Put Some Pizazz In Your Presentation 



PopBoardz

Developer: PopBoardz LLC

iTunes 

Website  

Price: Free

You are in a meeting, frantically looking for a particular slide in a deck to respond to a question or to prove a point. Your audience’s attention begins to wander...
It was this kind of situation that gave birth to PopBoardz, a presentation and project collaboration app. The platform allows you to put PDFs, images, videos, websites (from Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or your Camera Roll) into 16 tiles for instant access during any conversation about or presentation of ideas.  

Customize your research or make non-linear presentations that allow you to present the perfect example the moment it is needed. Think of it as a complement to your PowerPoint presentations, (i.e. place your favorite presentation in the first tile and all of your research that didn’t make it into that presentation in all of the remaining tiles). When the unexpected but anticipated question comes you can say, “I have that right here.”  It is a dynamic form of presentation that may either compliment or compete with PowerPoint.

Creative people use it daily to gather and organize their project research. Sales people have used PopBoardz to create client specific “boardz”. Teachers have also embraced this app as it allows them to “illustrate” their lesson plans to increase student engagement.

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APPLICATIONS / APPS

Out Of The Mouth Of Babes 


App: Little Hoots
Developer: Sherpa Innovation
Marketing Partner: Bernstein Rein Advertising
iTunes
Website
Demo
Price: Free

What parent would not want to save for posterity the most memorable moments with their child? 

This is especially true of the “little hoots” they utter. These bon mots are unexpected, for the most part funny, and represent a child’s special, fleeting take on the world.

Little Hoots is an app that helps you capture, art direct, share and relish these moments.

The Little Hoot platform lets you enter the quote or conversation. These entries are archived so you can go back to them and add design elements (design packs are available for purchase through iTunes). They can be shared via social media and turned into various keepsakes such as books, coffee mugs, and t-shirts (available at various price points, in the Little Hoots store).

Currently, the data has to be entered manually, but you can use the voice dictation feature on your keyboard. Little Hoots is now working on a 2.0 version which will add an easier and quicker voice dictation feature.

 

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"What's It Like Outside?" Now, You Will Always Know 


My Weather Concierge®

Developer: ROTN Co., LLP

iTunes

Google Play

Price: App is Free with content upgrade fees

Why rely on basic weather icons when you could select a local meteorologist to provide you with in-depth up–to–the-minute forecasts?

My Weather Concierge® is the next-generation weather app that gives you access to relevant and relatable weather forecasts from local weather forecasters.

There are currently 48 markets where My Weather Concierge® has partnered with forecasters. These forecasters are some of the country’s top meteorologists.  For example, in the New York Area, you could have Joe Cioffi as your Weather Concierge. Joe is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who has spent the last 30 years forecasting for the New York metropolitan area. He currently can be seen on WPIX -TV (New York’s Channel 11) and on Verizon FIOS 1 News for Long Island, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. Joe has also worked on-air at WNBC-TV and News 12 Long Island.

The app itself is free.  The free content allows users to read an excerpt of any forecaster's report.

If a consumer finds a forecaster they like, they can subscribe to that forecaster for $0.99 per month.  The user then gets regularly updated forecasts (including long range forecast), alerts when a forecast is updated, or new forecast is available.

There is also the opportunity to 'chat' with the forecaster, via a subscriber messaging thread embedded in the forecast screen.

If a consumer would like a custom forecast from their forecaster, there is a one-time charge of $3.99 per custom forecast.  This is a direct in-app dialog (but not a live chat) with the forecaster to answer any consumer question that can be affected by the weather.  Most custom forecast requests are related to travel (flight delays, driving conditions), or attending/hosting an event (Will I need a tent? How should I dress for the weather?).

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The Citizen Journalist 


Newzulu
Developer: Newzulu

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Google Play


Website


Newzulu is a crowd-sourced media company whose app allows “anybody, anywhere, with a mobile device and a story, to share news, get published and get paid”.

Headquartered in New York, Newzulu is a global news platform through partnerships with international news services and stock photo agencies.

According to Newzulu, their news platform boasts over 100,000 professional and citizen journalists. This community publishes video, photos and articles. Topics range from news, lifestyle, weather, celebrities, sports and entertainment.

Newzulu employs a team of editors to vet these submissions. Vetted submissions are marketed globally through Newzulu Wire or one of its affiliate partners and licensed to newspapers, websites and magazines.  Royalties, minus Newzulu’s fee, are paid to the content creator.

In looking at a week’s worth of stories, it is interesting to see how the world at large prioritizes what is “front page”. It is also interesting to see how the United States is viewed by the outside world, particularly in this election year.

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Make The World Your Design Partner 


ADOBE CAPTURE CC

Developer: Adobe

iTunes

Google Play

Demo Video

Price: Free

Adobe’s Capture CC turns any photo into a color theme, Look, vector graphic or unique brush that you can use in your creative projects. Best of all, the assets created by Capture CC are, through Adobe CreativeSync, added to your Creative Cloud library to use in other Adobe apps such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC or After Effects CC.   

Capture CC now supports Apple Pencil and IPad Pro, so you can start work on any of your devices and seamlessly pick up the project on another.

Launched at Adobe MAX 2015 in October, Capture CC is a powerful app for design professionals and creatives to capture and create digital assets whenever inspiration strikes. Both the iOS, updated in February 2016, and Android version, updated in January 2016, have a 4.5 star rating on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Capture CC puts the entire world at your fingertips, with endless possibilities to make the most of what inspires you.

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